Whatever You're Doing Now You Can Do it Better: Your Guide to Enhanced Mental and Physical Performance Inspired by the Alexander Technique Paperback – 1 Jan 2004
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A clarity and vitality to the writing. -- STAT News
Clear, boyuant, non-technical. A way in for newcomers. -- Direction Magazine
Clear, buoyant and non-technical. A way in for newcomers. -- Direction Magazine - Professional Journal of the Alexander Technique
Here, finally, might just be a book that delivers what it promises. -- New Times
Witty and inspiring. -- The Spark
From the Publisher
This critically acclaimed book is one of the best and most complete introductions to the Alexander Technique you will ever find.
Anthony J (Tony) Taylor is a writer and Alexander teacher specializing in creativity and performance enhancement. In this extraordinary book, he uses simple explanations, amusing anecdotes, beautiful photographs and entertaining stories to illustrate ten key principles for on-going and lasting improvement in everything you do.
Top Customer Reviews
Knowing how difficult it can be to explain the Alexander Technique I feel the author has done a remarkably good job and doesn't shy away from issues which some readers may find unpalatable.
One of my reservations about this book would be that it is rather general and, at times, it does get a little close to being in the self-help field. A quick glance at the books which are quoted reveals examples which would neatly fit into this pigeon hole. It would be a shame if it got associated with a rather superficial, New Age approach.
Contrary to what it says on the back cover, the photographs leave a lot to be desired. Some are very small and placed in the margins. Many lack a caption and left me mystified as to what was intended by their inclusion. Some were very dark and indistinct.
My final criticism would be that the book does not establish a wider context for itself within the Alexander world. Reading this book, one could be forgiven for thinking that Dr. Donald Weed and the Interactive Teaching Method (ITM) represent the mainstream of Alexander Teaching. My quick check of the ITM website showed just 37 teaching members in the UK. I would assume that when the book was written there were fewer, rather than more, ITM teachers.Read more ›
Alexander Technique has been described as an effective posture improvement method. But after reading this book, you'll discover that the Technique's potential to improve your life has many more applications than just the physical forum of learning how to move easier. Alexander Technique also teaches the ability to determine and make new choices that work better for your own life goals. That's what this book is about: constructive self-observation & reasoning, prevention & determining effectiveness; psycho-physical unity & how that can work for you, how to avoid extremes, uncovering fixed assumptions, why the sense of feeling is unreliable & what to do about it.
This book outlines its ideas within an analogy of setting sail in a boat. I found that this made some of the principles easier to remember and to use together. (Have to admit that I'm also sitting here with it in my hand, that's how I remembered all the points in the list above.) It's got some charming stories & pics that illustrate the examples. It can also be used as a study workbook by doing the included writing exercises at the end of chapters that will help you put the principles into practice. Or it can be enjoyably read as a fun, skillful introduction to some transformative ideas that have improved the lives of a lot of people.
You can tell that I really enjoyed it!
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It has helped my students understand the principles of this work and enabled them to make changes in the way that they think and therefore the way that they move.
Alexander Technique teacher
The author clearly knows his stuff and how to write. Having read many books about change and the Alexander Technique this has to go down as one my favourites. I recommend it to anyone looking to change deep-seated patterns of behaviour that are undermining their performance in any field.
The only truly accessible but not-oversimplified book on AT I've found.
An AT teacher from Cardiff.